Seven Arsenal stars to sit out Europa League opener

Wenger Reveals Why He Turned Down Man Utd In 2001 Posted by Daniel Jenkins
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13 September, 2017

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the midfield duo have been afforded a rest for Thursday's match at the Emirates Stadium after their worldwide endeavours with Germany and Wales respectively.

The ex-Montpellier frontman went to 99 after scoring the victor against Leicester City on the opening weekend and hopes to reach the landmark when he makes his first start of the campaign against FC Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday [14 September].

Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck were all absent as a thinned-out Arsenal squad took part in training drills.

Francis Coquelin misses out with a hamstring injury sustained during Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth while Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.

"On the injury front, we have no big problem", Wenger said in his pre-match press conference.

"On the injury front we have no big problems, a few players have some response to the fact they played two worldwide games like Ozil and Ramsey, who are rested completely. The club gave me a lot and I still want to win some more trophies with the club".

Coach Arsene Wenger has indicated the club could focus on winning their first league title since 2004 this year.

'Overall if he can keep calm, focus on his job, he's on a good way for me.

The boss was asked about Wilshere's possible involvement against Cologne and he admitted that it's a good opportunity for the midfielder to get some vital game-time under his belt.

"For me, in training, he is getting stronger every day".

"Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round".

Jack Wilshere is expected to start his first game for the club in over a year, while Alexis Sanchez could also play in a bid to boost his match fitness.


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